Managing expatriates to achieve mutual benefits: An integrative model and analysis

Di Fan, Sihong Wu, Yiyi Su, Yi Li

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Embracing a mutual-benefit perspective of expatriation management, this study argues that multinational enterprises (MNEs) seeking to build a sustainable expatriation management system should address the goals of both expatriates and organisations simultaneously. To realize such a system, we propose ability-, motivation- and opportunity-attributes as a tripod of expatriate competence-enhancing practices (EC-Ps). Via a matched survey dataset from 150 expatriates and their headquarters (HQs) managers, this study (1) investigates the effects of implementing EC-Ps on both subsidiary and employee outcomes, and (2) explores a sequential mediation mechanism of cross-cultural competence and subsidiary autonomy between the relationships. The implications of the findings for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100882
JournalJournal of International Management
Issue number2
Early online date15 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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